Finally it's T-Mobile's turn to take a swing at the Samsung Galaxy S II, almost six months after the rest of the world. No adjective soup for this variant; its official name is, plainly, the "T-Mobile Galaxy S II." Formerly known as the "Hercules," this is the misfit in the GSII family. In its heart pumps a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, instead of the normal Samsung Exynos. So it's not just a carbon copy of all those other GSIIs.
T-Mobile announced today some interesting updates to Bobsled. In collaboration with Vivox, Bobsled is T-Mobile's bid at providing "a universal way to communicate however and whenever when connected to the Web."
First in the lineup of T-Mobile's improvements to its Bobsled service is the ability to call, message, and voice message their Facebook contacts at any time. To implement this service, T-Mobile offers the ability to turn on a sort of Bobsled toolbar (in the form of a Facebook app) - a tab that displays in your browser (meaning you see it almost all the time) and slides along web pages, allowing for quick access to calling options.
AT&T has just given customers a handful of devices to look forward to, announcing earlier this evening the addition of five new Android devices to their fall lineup. The new line is largely populated by Android devices aimed at budget-conscious users, but those looking for higher-end devices will have plenty of options as well.
Motorola Atrix 2
First up is the Motorola Atrix 2. Following up on the original Atrix, it's compatible with a special 'Lapdock' to increase productivity.
Looks like Wirefly has cracked open the box for the HTC Amaze 4G and put it through its paces. As always, Bob Kovaks does a great job of showing of the phone's features, including a bandwidth test, benchmarks, a look at what the camera is capable of in both still shots and 1080p video, as well as touching on other features. Before you watch the video, here is a quick look at the guts of the Amaze:
- 4.3-inch qHD Super-LCD
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear shooter capable of 1080p video capture, 2MP ffc
- 16GB internal storage, microSD card slot
- Android 2.3.4 with Sense 3.0
Now that you know the deetz of this beasty, have a look at what Wirefly had to say about it:
On October 20th, VZW will be turning on LTE coverage in 20 new markets, and this morning, an announcement was sent out with details of 13 new cities that will be added to the mix on November 17th:
- Little Rock, AR
- Savannah, GA
- Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, IA
- Lexington, KY
- Kansas City and Springfield, MO
- Lincoln, NE
- Orange County, NY
- Greater Providence, Rapid City, SD
- Roanoke, VA
- Appleton, WS
It's clear that Big Red has no intentions of slowing down until it blankets the entire country with super-fast LTE, and at the rate it's going, that day will probably be pretty soon.
Early rumours indicated that the Samsung Stratosphere would be released in September, and there were even leaked press shots of the device. However, here we are in October, and Verizon has just now taken the wraps off of the Stratosphere.
Billed as the "first 4G LTE smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard," the Samsung Stratosphere packs a hefty package, including:
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor
- 4-inch (800x480) WVGA Super AMOLED display
- 4G LTE
- 5-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB on-board memory
- 4GB pre-installed microSD card (up to 32GB supported)
- 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera (720p HD playback and 480p recording)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
The Stratosphere is clearly targeted towards the business user as alongside the QWERTY keyboard, the device will also have "enhanced B2B-enabled connectivity services from Cisco, the most comprehensive mobile implementation of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and support for secure remote device management from Sybase Afaria." Additionally, the device will support "Samsung’s Enterprise Platform enhancements such as VPN, encryption and Mobile Device Management (MDM)." This is a powerful phone that looks to attack RIM's enterprise stronghold and take-away market share from the BlackBerry by offering support for features corporate users find essential.
The FedEx man brought me a lovely little gift yesterday: The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II. This is the last stateside arrival of the Galaxy S II family. The review will take a bit to get out the door, so until then I figured I'd whet your appetite with some initial impressions.
First of all, this thing is big. Really big. I have to say though, I love the design of it.
Sprint announced today it will be switching 4G technologies from WiMax to LTE. The LTE network should go live in mid 2012 and and have a "full rollout" by 2013. Sprint eventually hopes to double current amount of 4G customers with its LTE rollout.
Joining the LTE ranks puts Sprint in the same technology corner as AT&T and Verizon, with only T-Mobile still clinging to HSPA+. Sprint's slice of the LTE airways will be the 800 and 1900Mhz spectrum and, pending the FCC's blessing, 1600MHz.
The HTC Rhyme, a stylish phone geared toward HTC's female demographic, has only been on the market for a short time, but it's already getting some pretty hot discounts thanks to Amazon Wireless.
Amazon Wireless is offering the HTC Rhyme for a paltry $79.99 on a new two-year activation, or $99.99 for those opting to upgrade from their current device.
The Rhyme is a sleek phone, and comes with a handful of nice accessories including a charging dock, tangle-free headphones, and a charm call indicator that can stylishly hang from your purse and glow to alert you of incoming calls.